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The victor will face Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final. An 11 p.m. curfew is imposed on night matches at Wimbledon.

Once again his first serve was his saviour and the match started to enter prime Anderson-Isner territory.

Anderson spent a total of 21 hours on the court prior to Sunday's finals, and said in a post-match interview he would have given "another 21 hours" to have the opportunity to play.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa, right, meets John Isner of the U.S. on the court after defeating him in their men's singles semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Friday July 13, 2018.

"I hope this is a sign for Grand Slams to change".

Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is playing in her first Major final since her triumph at the 2016 US Open. While Djokovic holds the edge overall at 26-25, Nadal is 9-4 in Grand Slams against a player at one time considered his nemesis.

"Until the last shot I didn't know if I would win".

Anderson will certainly appreciate the chance to put his feet up while Nadal and Djokovic - who have a combined 29 Grand Slam titles between them, five at Wimbledon - push each other some more. I think it's long overdue.

Now the No. 8 seed Anderson will face Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in Mondday morning's final.

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Having reached the US Open final a year ago , Anderson will also be one-up on Isner in the big-stage experience department. Yet the latter is in the better form overall and remains formidable once he gets to the business end of a tournament.

Nadal was defeated 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 in the second longest semi-final ever played at the tournament, at 5 hours and 15 minutes.

The match between Isner and Anderson, who had been trying to become the first South African to reach the Wimbledon title match since Brian Norton in 1921, featured 102 aces, with only 22 rallies going to nine points or more.

When it was all done and dusted, there were no wild roars, no fist pumping and no raised arms in celebration - all Anderson had left in him was to give Isner a sympathetic hug after he came out on top in the second longest match ever contested at the All England Club.

Novak Djokovic has reached his first Wimbledon final since 2015 courtesy of a five-set win over Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the famous competition.

This time, there was to be no tiebreak as the final set at Wimbledon is traditionally decided by a difference of two games.

In a match between two of the game's biggest servers, Anderson started the match with a double-fault.

At 7-7 Djokovic double-faulted for 15-40 but again got out of that hole before a simply sensational forehand victor saved another break point.

Discussing the short turnaround to Sunday's final, Anderson continued: "It's tough, I'll just try to do the same protocols". After 48 games of serving and scrambling in an endless fifth set, Anderson broke the American in the 49th game to peddle past the finish in the 50th in what increasingly looked like tennis' version of the Tour de France.

The world number one came roaring back and broke Djokovic's serve in the fourth game, as the Serb sent a forehand into the net. Anderson moved to his first Wimbledon final as Isner produced his 59th unforced error. Moments later, he got to love-40 before Nadal took five points in a row to serve out the set.

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